by Richard Kaplan, CFII, MCFI, Flight Level Aviation
The FAA has just released a revised version of the instrument
rating practical test standards to become effective October 1,
Included in the footnotes of this new PTS is a substantial change
in the requirements for an Instrument Proficiency Check.
An unmanned Progress rocket launched from the Russian Cosmodrome
at Baikonur, Kazakstan, docked Thursday with the International
Space Station, bringing food, water, air and something else for the
two astronauts now on board.
One of my greatest joys lies in the telling and retelling of
some of my experiences and adventures in aviation. Some are pretty
adventurous, and have a high "coolness" factor, though most are
simple little ditties about sweet moments in time that could only
have been arrived at through some form of aerial
Lawmakers Approve Two Laws Boosting General Aviation
In a textbook example of unified general aviation interests,
airports, pilots, and aviation advocates have put two measures on
the desk of Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.) that should
significantly increase state funding for airport safety and
capacity improvements and reduce aviation taxes.
It could have been worse. They could have been
flying this far out of weight and balance.
Seven workers were stranded about 40 feet above the ground Thursday
when the World Airways MD-11 they were unloading suddenly tipped
onto its tail, nose-high in the air at Los Angeles International
In the aftermath of 9/11, with commercial aircraft still in the
crosshairs of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, Israel’s El Al
Airlines has begun testing a new on-board system designed to
protect its planes from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles.
Meanwhile, the United States has yet to complete the first stage of
a feasibility study for its own anti-missile system for commercial
A team of three maintenance technicians, the "Arch Rivals,"
representing Midcoast Aviation won the PAMA Aviation Maintenance
Olympics (PAMO) team competition at PAMA’s 33rd Annual
Symposium, held during Aviation Industry Week at the Las Vegas
Australian Government Wants Boost In Safety Standards
Owners and operators of ex-military aircraft used for joy
flights, air show displays and private flights are being urged to
work together to lift safety standards. A special safety seminar
for people who fly and maintain warbirds is being held in Sydney in
WAI tells ANN that you know that women have made it in
aviation when air shows across the country are calling it the
“Year of the Woman in Aviation.” This year’s
Dayton International Air Show is no different, and Women in
Aviation, International will occupy more than 8,000 square feet
under tent July 17-18, 2004.
Issued: 05/25/2004 14:30
Effective: 06/01/2004 19:45 - 06/02/2004 22:00
Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO.
Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS
Description: US AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS,
A C-130 Hercules aircrew from the 36th Airlift Squadron (Yokota
AB) helped a search-and-rescue mission May 21 when they spotted a
missing 20-foot Micronesian sailing vessel about 120 miles off of
the coast of Guam. Six people, including a 10-year-old boy, were
brought to safety after being lost at sea for nine days.
"CASA is also concerned about instances of poor airmanship and
breaches of safety regulations, as well as confusion over
requirements for air displays. The seminar is a unique opportunity
to hear how other people manage their warbird operations and to
raise concerns about safety and operational issues. I urge everyone
involved in ex-military aircraft to make the time and commitment to
come along to the seminar and contribute to the continuing safe
operation of these aircraft in Australia."
Source: Bruce Byron, CEO of Australia's Civil
Aviation Safety Authority, asking for cooperation in improving the
safety of warbirds down under. A special safety seminar for people
who fly and maintain warbirds is being held in Sydney in early
Offers Training, Rental, Management Of Cirrus Aircraft
Doug Stewart of North Egremont, (MA) is starting what could be
something big. Working with the SkyVentures Group based in Red Hook
(NY), he's launching DSFI SkyVentures, an aircraft training, rental
and management company based on the Cirrus SR series aircraft.
AirCell has appointed Tom Myers as its marketing director, where
he'll be responsible for all aspects of AirCell marketing, and will
oversee all corporate communications, brand management, product
positioning, advertising, and media relations activities.